Issue 22 - November 2016
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Research Support Newsletter

Welcome to the November 2016 Issue of the Research Support Newsletter

This Newsletter concludes the year 2016, and we will see you again in January. Until then, we thank all our colleagues for a remarkable year and we wish you the best of Season's Greetings and a successful New Year!

Research Spotlight is a series where we shine a spotlight on the research being undertaken in DCU centres. This month we are looking at The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4). 
The Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce (IC4) was established as part of the March 2011 Programme for Government as an enabling action to accelerate exploitation of cloud computing technologies that bridges the gap between research and technology commercialisation. IC4 is a multi-institutional research centre hosted in Dublin City University and comprising research teams at DCU, UCC and AIT.
IC4’s mission is to develop a world-class creative environment within the Centre that will foster innovation and support the development of a team of highly innovative researchers, based at the collaborating universities. Led by its industry members, IC4 focuses its research efforts on a number of core research areas namely: 
  • Scalability and interoperability of cloud infrastructures, platforms and applications
  • Migration to and between clouds
  • Managing and communicating quality-of-service and trust in cloud computing
  • Cloud security risk assessment and response
  • Improving organisational and functional effectiveness and competitiveness of firms through the use or provision of cloud computing solutions 
Read the full spotlight profile on our website
November Updates 

2016 SFI Investigators Programme - Letter of Support 
For anyone who is involved as an external collaborator on the 2016 SFI Investigators application, please notify the research office as soon as possible so that we can prepare the required Letter of Support in advance of the December deadline. For more details contact; ext. 2262.

Multiple Awards from Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Congratulations to Dr. Brian Ó Raghallaigh, Dr. Gearóid Ó Clercín and Dr Ciarán Mac Murchaidh, Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge, who secured funding for 2017 in excess of €560k for projects focused on digitisation and online publication of Placenames, development of Irish-language terminology for the IATE multilingual database and work with the National Folklore Collection.

Successes in Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine's Competitive Call for Research
Congratulations to Prof. Richard O'Kennedy who will receive €360k from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine to work on a project focused on sensing crop pathogens and to Dr. Blanaid White who will receive €146k to work on a project focused on ecological sustainability.

Large number of engagements with Enterprise
Congratulations to all those involved in securing what has been a large number of agreements with Commercial and Non-Commercial Enterprise during the past period.  In particular, well done to the PI's, including Alex O'Connor, Richard Stokes, Niall Barron, Anna Gourinovitch, Maria Slowey, Dorota Wencel and Naomi Walsh.

Congrats to Carla O'Neill
The Ladies Gaelic Football Association has awarded a research grant to Dr. Carla O'Neill from the School of Nursing and Human Performance for her project ‘Children of parents with cancer: an evaluation of a psychosocial intervention CLIMB’.

Emma Harper Awarded Montgomery Medal
Irish Endocrine Society awarded its 2016 Montgomery Medal to Dr. Emma Harper of the DCU School of Biotechnology for a study entitled ‘Investigating the protective effect of TRAIL on RANKL-induced calcification using a vascular co-culture model’. Many congratulations!
Read more.

World Marketing & Communication (MarCom) Platinum Award for DCU
Congratulations to Micheal Lynham for his award-winning research with DCU under the supervision of Prof. Theo Lynn. The research focused on the impact of personalised background advertising in video advertisements.

ISBE Best Paper Awards for DCU Researchers
At the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (ISBE) 2016 in Paris, DCU researchers were awarded Best Paper Awards in two tracks. Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Dr. Roisín Lyons and Prof. Theo Lynn won the Enterprise Education Track with 'Examining the effect of gender diversity in student entrepreneurship teams'. Ciarán also received a Best Paper award in the Networks and Innovation Track, for 'Collaborative Business Models: Networking Processes in the Craft Beer Sector', co-authored with colleagues from Strathclyde University and Nottingham Trent University.
Read more.

Jennifer Gaughran shortlisted for Jocelyn Bell Burnell award 
Dr. Jennifer Gaughran was one of four finalists for this year’s annual Institute of Physics Jocelyn Bell Burnell award, in recognition of her research and exceptional public engagement work. Read more.   

DCU Composer’s work premiered at EstOvest Festival 
Dr Seán Doherty’s work ‘No Go’ for string quarter and uileann pipes was recently premiered at EstOvest festival in Italy.
Read more about the festival.

Approved COST Actions now available for review 
The new approved Actions are numbered CA16101-CA16125 on the COST website. If you identify an Action you are interested in, please follow up with your School Contact Point in RIS directly. You will need to complete a Request to Join form. Up to two delegates per country per Action are allowed on the Management Committee (MC), you can also look to join a particular working group of the Action.

Presentations of the latest ICT Proposer Days now online 
Anyone thinking of applying to future ICT calls should check out these online presentations and proposal ideas.

Upcoming Events

Research Systems Launch
30 Nov 2016, 3.30 pm, NRF

We will celebrate the launch of Research Engine, and of two search facilities: The DCU Research infrastructure database (info on research 
facilities and equipment in DCU) 
and the DCU Research Portal.
The Research Portal will go live
at the end of the month and will enable internal and external customers to find expertise, academics and researchers by name, keyword, area, research centre, etc.
Register here.

ErasmusPlus Info Event
9 Dec 2016 
The National Agency is hosting
an Info Day event on 9 Dec
2016 in the Gresham Hotel,
Dublin on a number of
centralised actions under the Erasmus+ programme,
including student and staff
mobilities to and from partner countries, Erasmus+ Joint
Master programme; Capacity building projects;Jean Monnet Projects; Bilateral partnerships
with Kazakhstan and Kosovo. Register here.

National Sustainability

21 Jan 2017

This free event, taking place
in Citywest Hotel will have
dedicated conferences and exhibition areas on Water Management, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Recycling, Waste Reduction, Construction
& Buildings, Food, Manufacturing,
IT, Communications & Consumer Engagement, Technology, Packaging, Logistics and Supply chain, Regulations and Policy, Investment, Tax and Legal issues, Transport, etc.
Register here.

2017 Research and Innovation Conference & Expo
14 Feb 2017

This event will take place in
Citywest Hotel, with a 100+
speaker lineup over 8 stages including industry leaders from sectors such as pharma,
medtech, biotech, life sciences, energy & environment, food
& agri, health, transport,
chemical, ICT, energy, materials science, 3d printing, IOT, manufacturing, research , innovation, testing and analysis, 
and life sciences.
Register here

7 Dec 2016
Ireland's all-island science communications conference
returns for another exciting
day of talks, panels and
workshops this December 7th
at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. The DCU Science
Communications Masters programme are a partner
in the conference with
Dr Padraig Murphy chairing
one of the breakout sessions. 
Register here

November Updates

DCU Research on Media
It has been a good month for DCU colleagues doing media appearances. Prof. Oliver
's work featured
on RTE1's 10 Things to Know About.... Dr James O'Higgins Norman appeared on TV3's Ireland AM to discuss homophobic bullying in schools. Our writer in residence, Marina Carr, was hosted by John Kelly at RTE The Works Presents

On the radio, Dr. Eilish
talked about STEM education on RTE Drive Time.
Dr. Margaret McCaul was on Newstalk's FutureProof podcast discussing sensor deployment work. 

Dr Aoife Morrin's work on
intelligent medical devices was featured in the Guardian
Dr Patricia Flynn discussed music education in Ireland and working with Music Generation in the Irish Times.  

Update on the H2020
2018-2020 Work Programme 

Planning is ongoing, but you
can find out progress on the following topics to date. Please follow up with the relevant EU contact point in RIS for further discussion and access to draft work programmes

Ever wondered how H2020 evaluators get selected?
See the latest short video from Hyperion - this is an important criteria, especially in multidisciplinary proposals, where different scientific skills are needed to evaluate a proposal.



Funding Opportunities 

For further opportunities, consult 
Research Professional 

HRB PPI Ignite Awards 2017 Launched
The HRB have launched their PPI Ignite Awards aimed at supporting Public and Patient Involvement in Research.  See for details.  Maximum one application allowed per institution so an internal EOI will be required.  An email with further details will be circulated to all staff next week. DCU contact:

Le STUDIUM Institute for Advanced Studies post-doctoral fellowships
This call is open to international experienced researchers in all research disciplines and offers a 12-month fellowship as part of the Smart Loire Valley Programme. 
Deadline: 9th February 2017 at 5:00pm (CET Paris time).
More information here or contact Dr. Aurélien Montagu

New COST Open Call (oc-2016-2) now open
You can submit your own COST Action proposal in all fields of science and technology as well as humanities and social sciences. Multi- and inter-disciplinary proposals are encouraged.
DCU contact: 
Deadline: 7 December 2016, 12:00 noon (CET).
More information is available here

Royal Irish Academy 2017 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards
The Awards were established to recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention that has occurred in Ireland as a direct or indirect result of US foreign investment. In 2017, there will be awards across three categories recognising innovative projects involving a Higher Education Institution, a Micro Enterprise / SME and the Irish operations of a US multinational. DCU contact:
Deadline: Friday, 16 December, 17:00 (GMT)

More information.

MCSA ITN call currently open
The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers (typically PhD and Masters’ Degree students), able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. DCU contact: 
Deadline 10 January 2017,
4 pm (Irish time)
More information can be found here and on the web-site of the Irish Marie Curie office

NSF-SFI Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)
Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows are encouraged to contact potential GROW hosts (based in SFI Research Centres, or specified SFI award holders) and apply for funding to undertake a research project with that host. DCU contact:
NSF Deadline: 4th December 2016
More information.

EPA Event Support (including Workshops & Conferences)
Funding is provided only for events with a clear relevance to Irish environmental research priorities and on the condition that the events are run on a not-for-profit basis. Normally the amount of funding per event will not exceed €3,000. DCU contact:
Rolling call - next deadline: 31 December 2016
More information

ESAI/EPA Grassroots Workshop Support Scheme
The scheme is open to postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are members of the ESAI and who are conducting research relevant to the EPA remit. The amount of the award for each event is €600 which is meant to be a contribution to the overall cost of the event. 
DCU contact:
Rolling call - submit 3 months before the date of the event. 
More information

SFI Conference and Workshop Programme
This programme supports international and national conferences and workshops that facilitate information exchange between industry and academia, generate new knowledge and technologies and encourage competitive enterprises in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. DCU contact:
Rolling call - submission deadlines determined by the particular category (Conference, Exceptional Conference, Workshop and Conference Bid).
More information.


Did you know?
You can find presentations & resources from all our past events on our site here,

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